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Music Resources (UNH Durham)

Searching for Books, Scores & Libretti

While searching for books may seem straightforward, searching for scores and libretti can come with some challenges. Many many titles are simply named "Symphony." Some may be complicated by spellings in different languages (Sinfonia, Symphonie, etc.). As with other searches, think of as many keywords (such as libretto), related words (such as composer) and variations as possible and be persistent.

Libraries have found some ways to help with these challenges, including the use of "uniform titles" and subject headings. Brown University's Music guide provides more information: https://libguides.brown.edu/music/scores.

Use the Ask A Librarian chat box or question form to the right to ask us for help. We know this can be tricky!

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Common call number ranges for Music

Music: M

Literature of Music: ML

Musical Instruction and Study: MT
MT includes composition, orchestration, instrumental techniques, singing and voice culture, and music in theaters.

These call numbers are in Dimond Library Level 4 (one floor up from the main level). Scores are often larger than typical books and may be in the Oversize section of Level 4.

Books are arranged by subject, so browse for related books next to the title you are looking for.

How to read a call number using Library of Congress classification